Articles by: Andy Brack

BRACK: Being proud to be Southern ain’t going away anytime soon

BRACK: Being proud to be Southern ain’t going away anytime soon

In “The Resilience of Southern Identity: Why the South Still Matters in the Minds of its People” [UNC Press, $29.95], the authors argue the notion of being “Southern” is alive and well, despite years of massive changes in society from the end of institutionalized segregation and increasing urbanization to the influx of millions of people not born in the South, now the nation’s largest region with 121 million people.

Many argue, the authors write, the region’s identity is becoming less important because of years of these changes. Yet they found the opposite in a 134-page study that includes reviews of academic literature, polling data and discussions with focus groups.

by · 02/20/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
photo by steve aycock

FOCUS: County to open Charleston skate park

Staff reports | SK8 Charleston, a concrete skate park to be operated by Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, will have grand opening events March 4 and 11 at its peninsular Charleston location, 1549 Oceanic Street, which overlooks the Ashley River.

“The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has always looked to provide world-class facilities for the public we serve,” said CCPRC Executive Director Tom O’Rourke. “SK8 Charleston is the next in a long line of great facilities.”

“The Charleston County area has been waiting a long time for the opportunity to enjoy a facility like this. We are all as excited about the opening of this park as any facility we have opened.”

by · 02/13/2017 · 0 comments · Focus, Good news
BRACK: Where’s the saber-rattling over the ask for a federal bailout?

BRACK: Where’s the saber-rattling over the ask for a federal bailout?

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Two questions:

1. What is the state that was offered $11 billion from the federal government to provide better health care for the poorest of its citizens and said no?

2. What is the state that now wants the federal government to provide a $5 billion bailout for roads after not doing enough over the last 30 years to meet their infrastructure obligations?

Answer: South Carolina, also now known as the Hypocrisy State.

by · 02/13/2017 · 0 comments · Andy Brack, Views
PHOTO:  Upside down

PHOTO: Upside down

We’re told this boat has been turned upside down in this James Island creek for quite some time. Hurricane Matthew apparently blew it to one side of a dock, but it slowly returned to where it now gathers a few oysters growing on the side. Photo by Andy Brack.

by · 02/13/2017 · 0 comments · Photos
FEEDBACK:  On gas tax proposal and mentorship program

FEEDBACK: On gas tax proposal and mentorship program

Fred Sales, James Island: “On the gas tax for roads: The proposal is a start, but given 30 years of the same gas tax, plus inflation, we need a real kick start. At minimum, an increase of 10 cents and additional hikes until it gets in line.” Also, a letter from George Graf on mentoring.

by · 02/06/2017 · 0 comments · Feedback
BRACK:  Gentrification is putting crimp on Charleston’s style

BRACK: Gentrification is putting crimp on Charleston’s style

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | The new Charleston: Too many cranes. Too many hotels. Too much hustle. Too much bustle.

The Holy City’s very success in attracting tourists and newcomers to enjoy its sleepy charm and lifestyle is rubbing off Charleston’s shine. If we don’t watch it, our success in attracting three dozen new people to move into the metro area every day will cause us to become just one more vanilla, metropolitan city filled with a homogenized population of gawkers who happen to live where there’s some interesting stuff to see.

by · 02/06/2017 · 2 comments · Andy Brack, Views
MYSTERY:  Where is this hellacious reminder?

MYSTERY: Where is this hellacious reminder?

We ran across this dilapidated building in a rural area of South Carolina (not in the Charleston area) and thought it begged to be snapped as this week’s Mystery Photo. We’re expecting that it might be just too hard to find online, but maybe you’ll remember it if you ever drove along a highway in this part of the Palmetto State. (In advance, we apologize for making this one so tough, but thought it might be a fun exercise for some). We’ll offer a prize on this one (don’t know what yet). Send your best guess to: editor@charlestoncurrents.com — and make sure to include the name of the town in which you live.

by · 02/06/2017 · 0 comments · Mystery Photo, Photos
PHOTO: Moving into the neighborhood

PHOTO: Moving into the neighborhood

This old single house seems to be an object of gentrification in the East Side neighborhood. It’s being relocated to the corner of Amherst and Drake street in the traditionally black neighborhood that is becoming home to more college students. For more on gentrification, see Andy Brack’s commentary today. (Photo by Andy Brack.)

by · 02/06/2017 · 0 comments · Photos
Then Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster during a nomination speech of President-elect Donald Trump at the 2016 GOP convention.

BRACK: McMaster can learn lessons from past governors

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | South Carolina’s new governor, Henry McMaster, has boatloads of political and governmental experience. But that doesn’t mean he can’t learn a little, especially from people who have occupied the same seat that he took over this week.

by · 01/30/2017 · 1 comment · Andy Brack, Views
BRACK:  State needs to break grip of death spiral on governing

BRACK: State needs to break grip of death spiral on governing

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | Over the last 14 years, two South Carolina governors pounded a philosophy on the stump and at the Statehouse that there was little government could do to be good or worthwhile.

This drumbeat against government, a child of Washington think tanks from the 1990s, seeped into South Carolina under Gov. Mark Sanford, who was obsessed against government borrowing to finance long-term needs. Then it found an erstwhile acolyte in his successor, Gov. Nikki Haley, now headed to the national stage. Using the bully pulpit of the governor’s office, they railed against big government, preached a gospel against taxes and proselytized for treating government like a business.

by · 01/23/2017 · 3 comments · Andy Brack, Views